Sidewalks: Shoreline City Council adopts resolution placing sales and use tax for sidewalk improvements on November ballot

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A top priority - 15th NE between 150th and 160th
Photo from Google Earth

On July 30, the Shoreline City Council voted to place a sales and use tax for sidewalk improvements on the November 6 general election ballot (Proposition 1).

If approved by Shoreline voters, Proposition 1 would increase the sales and use tax in Shoreline by two-tenths of one percent (0.2%). Sales tax in Shoreline is currently set at 10.0%. Proposition 1 would increase it to 10.2% for a period of 20 years.

The City will use the money generated to construct, maintain, rehabilitate, repair, and/or preserve sidewalks and pedestrian improvements in the City.

The adopted resolution placing the sales tax on the ballot identified 12 high priority sidewalk projects for construction. The projects, all part of the 2018 Sidewalk Prioritization Plan, are:

15th Avenue NE
NE 150th Street
NE 160th Street
Meridian Avenue N**
N 194th Street
N 205th Street
8th Avenue NW
North side of Sunset Park
Richmond Beach Road NW
Dayton Avenue N
N 178th Street
N Richmond Beach Road
19th Avenue NE
NE 196th Street
NE 205th Street
1st Avenue NE
NE 192nd Street
NE 195th Street
Westminster Way N
N 145th Street
N 153rd Street
Ballinger Way NE**
19th Avenue NE
25th Avenue NE
Dayton Avenue N*
N 155th Street
N 160th Street
5th Avenue NE*
NE 175th Street
NE 185th Street
Linden Avenue N
N 175th Street
N 185th Street
20th Avenue NW
Saltwater Park entrance
NW 195th Street
*Two sides of the street (bus route)
**Puts sidewalk on second side (bus route)

Current projections show that the money generated will be more than the cost to construct the above listed high-priority projects. If this occurs, once the above listed projects are completed, the City Council will fund additional sidewalk projects using the 2018 Sidewalk Prioritization Plan and Prioritization Matrix as a guide. Council may also choose to use available funds to expedite repair and maintenance of existing sidewalks. All monies generated from the ballot measure must be expended to support the City’s sidewalk program.

Increasing the sales and use tax by 0.2% would add two cents to every ten-dollar purchase of taxable goods or services within the city.

For more information on Shoreline Proposition 1, visit If you have questions about sidewalk improvements, contact Senior Transportation Planner Nora Daley-Peng at or 206-801-2483. For questions about sales and use tax, contact Administrative Services Director Sara Lane at or 206-801-2301.


Denise (Gonzalez) Estes August 2, 2018 at 12:46 PM  

How about hitting up all the new developers for this...? We are being taxed out of our homes already.

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